I. Questions of periodization A. Nature and causes of changes in the world history framework leading up to 600 C. E. – 1450 as a period


European peoples to east/central Europe



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2. European peoples to east/central Europe

a. Great Migration of Germanic and Asiatic

1. Some settled permanently

2. Kingdoms tended to be unsophisticated/short-lived

3. As Barbarian tribes became less nomadic, played key roles

b. 200 to 1000 CE – Great Age of Migrations

1. Goths, Angles, Saxons, Franks, Lombards, and Vikings

a. Initially seen as a threat

b. Eventually settled

1. Played key role in developing ethnicities/cultures



C. Consequences of plague pandemics in the fourteenth century

1. Black Death – Bubunic Plague

a. Carried from Asia on ships

b. Effects

1. Loss in faith

2. Localized mob violence against lepers/Jews

3. Wages skyrocketed – supply and demand

4. Preoccupation with death art

5. Medieval doctors lost prestige

6. Certain saints venerated as able to stop plague

7. Landowners raised rents to make up for cost

a. Led to peasant revolts

8. Widespread fear/social upheaval

9. If plague didn’t kill you, irrational choices would





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